About the Journal of the British Academy

ISSN 2052–7217

Aims and scope

The Journal of the British Academy is a multi- and interdisciplinary open access journal publishing articles in the humanities and social sciences. Supplementary issues publish thematic collections of papers, put together by guest editors. The Journal showcases high quality articles associated with the Academy’s own programmes, activities and interests.

The Journal of the British Academy is a platform for high-quality informed comment by scholars working in the humanities and social sciences, on matters of political, social and cultural interest. It taps new and exciting thinking and research. It provides space for reflection on current scholarship, and the exploration of new areas. It highlights the international range of the British Academy’s interests.

Many articles are derived from the programme of British Academy Lectures, which cumulatively form a unique record of scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.

Journal articles are intended primarily for an academic readership. But because the Journal’s disciplinary range is so broad, across the entire spectrum of the humanities and social sciences, articles should be inclusive and accessible to readers who are not specialists in a particular field.


Articles are published on this Journal website as downloadable PDF files. Each article will be posted once it is ready for publication. Each ‘Volume’ of the Journal is composed of articles that have been posted to the Journal in the course of a calendar year.

There are also ‘Supplementary issues’, the content of each linked by a theme, typically arising from one of the British Academy’s major research programmes.

Open access

The Journal of the British Academy is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Funder requirements. Where an author acknowledges research funding that brings with it a requirement that the article should be published under a CC BY licence, the author should contact [email protected] so that this licence may be applied to their article. The British Academy recognises the extra protection that is afforded to authors’ work by the ‘No Derivatives’ element of the Creative Commons licence, and notes that some authors may be able to apply to their funder to allow their article to be published under a CC BY-ND licence.

Copyright in an article remains vested in the author(s).

Open access publication in the Journal is supported by the British Academy. Authors are not charged a fee for article submission or publication.

The Journal of the British Academy is listed in DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals): https://doaj.org/toc/2052-7217.


The Journal has two Editors: for humanities subjects, Professor Dawn Ades FBA (University of Essex, emerita); for social sciences subjects, Professor Fiona Williams FBA (University of Leeds, emeritus).

Themed supplementary issues have guest editors, working under the general supervision of the Editors.

All articles are reviewed by at least one other independent expert reader. The copy of the article text sent for review will not include the name(s) of the author(s) or other authorship information on the title page.

All correspondence on editorial matters should be sent to: [email protected], or to Head of Publishing, The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH.

The British Academy's Publishing and Conferences Committee acts as the editorial board of the Journal: Professor Gurminder K Bhambra FBA (University of Sussex), Professor Brian Cummings FBA (University of York); Professor David D’Avray FBA (University College London, emeritus); Professor Elizabeth Edwards FBA (De Montfort University, emerita); Professor Lindsay Farmer FBA (chair; University of Glasgow); Richard Fisher; Professor Regenia Gagnier FBA (University of Exeter), Professor Gary Gerstle FBA (University of Cambridge), Professor Ann Phoenix FBA (University College London).

How to offer of an article, or propose a supplementary issue.

Notes to Authors on the preparation of articles for the Journal.


The Journal of the British Academy is owned and published by
The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH

Contact: [email protected]

Ethics statement.

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